Another day and another claim about Nottingham Forest defender Jordan Gabriel. Does anyone truly know what the future holds for the 22-year-old?
For months it has been claimed that the academy graduate is in Chris Hughton’s thoughts. Now, every week it seems there is a new valuation placed on his head.
James Nursey from the Mirror claimed seven days ago that Forest would accept £300,000 for the right-back.
Sunderland and Blackpool, where he spent last season on loan, are both thought to be interested in signing the Forest man.
Now, a week on, the same journalist has claimed that it will take £700,000 to prise him away from the City Ground.
A club jacking the price up wouldn’t necessarily be particularly bizarre, but when £600,000 was reported as the valuation 24 hours previous, the mind starts to boggle.
Will Forest let Gabriel leave?
At this time of the year, who knows what to believe. Gabriel has played a few times for the first team at Forest, yet nobody really knows what is happening.
The Reds have been meticulous with their approach to signing players this summer. The situation with Gabriel perhaps suggests they’re using a similar strategy with regards to outgoings too.
Both Sunderland and Blackpool have bid for the player. It is thought, however, both are short of Forest’s asking price – whatever that might be.
Letting Gabriel leave right now doesn’t bear thinking about. He is the first choice right-back by some distance going into the new season.
Jayden Richardson is raw and could go on loan again. Carl Jenkinson has been deemed surplus to requirements and won’t be called upon.
Letting Gabriel leave this close to the start of the campaign wouldn’t be wise. It would leave Forest desperately short going into the big kick-off and would alarm fans.
For now, they have to persist with the youngster. Even if Hughton isn’t convinced by him, he’s the only option at the moment.
Given the constant reports regarding his valuation, it could be that even the interest is wide of the mark.
Either way, Forest have to give Gabriel a chance at the start of the 2021/22 campaign.